pix·​i·​lat·​ed ˈpik-sə-ˌlā-təd How to pronounce pixilated (audio)
variants or less commonly pixillated
: somewhat mentally unsound
also : bemused
: whimsical
pixilated pleasures
pixilation noun

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Is it pixelated or pixilated?

Pixelated is used to describe digital images in which individual pixels are discernable, as when you look closely at a large photo and can see the tiny dots that make up the image. Pixilated (coined from pixie, a pixie being a cheerful, mischievous sprite) is usually used to describe things considered whimsical, or people who seem dazed or lost in thought. While pixelated is a late 20th century coinage, pixilated has been in use since the mid-19th century.

Examples of pixilated in a Sentence

a pixilated waitress who couldn't seem to get anything straight
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Word History


irregular from pixie

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pixilated was in 1848

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“Pixilated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pixilated. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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